American office Faulkner Architects once more realises a fascinating project called Burnt Cedar. This family house for four with a view of Lake Tahoe was not allowed to overshadow the surroundings and had to have a timeless look. Faulkner Architects is known for its site-specific way of working which makes it the perfect candidate for the design of this home.
The property is located on Burnt Cedar Beach in Nevada, United States. It has a beautiful view of Lake Tahoe and is surrounded by tall pine trees. The building has the shape of a box that is half buried into the slope with a huge glass wall that extends over two floors, facing Lake Tahoe.
A car-loving family of four had a few requirements for the house. The most important one being that the house creates a balance between an adventurous atmosphere - the location is a well-known place for winter sports and experienced walkers - a space that invites you to go outside and seek adventure, and a space that relaxes, where you can rest. Timelessness is also an important aspect for the customers. The house was built in a modern style with concrete, wood and steel.
The thin strips of glass let beams of sunlight in that play with the straight lines of the steel structure.
The ceilings are covered with perforated wood and the walls are plastered to provide acoustic insulation in the house. Some of the walls have narrow windows inspired by the artist Gordon Matta-Clark who’s oeuvre consisted of cutting or splitting buildings to critique the conventions of architecture. The thin strips of glass let in sunlight that play with the straight lines of the steel structure. It creates a dynamic experience of the dwelling in its surroundings. The small interior balcony is also an exceptional addition. It allows you to admire the view from above and keep an eye out.
Finally, there is a huge garage underneath the house that can house six cars. An absolute must for the car-loving family. Burnt Cedar is a modern home that, with its simplistic layout and surprising elements, seeks a balance between wanting to be inside and wanting to be outside.
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